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Post Reports is the daily podcast from The Washington Post. Unparalleled reporting. Expert insight. Clear analysis. Everything you’ve come to expect from the newsroom of The Post. For your ears. Martine Powers is your host, asking the questions you didn’t know you wanted answered. Published weekdays by 5 p.m. Eastern time.
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Education reporter Laura Meckler explores the impact of distance learning on young kids’ emotional health and behavior — and what families and caretakers can do to help make a difficult situation better. Read more:In March, school campuses across the United States began to shutter, forcing a nation of students home to pivot — seemingly overnight — to online learning. But left in the lurch are children, especially young children. After many districts decided to stay online during the fall semester, The Washington Post asked listeners and readers to send a recording of what it’s been like to continue school from home. “We heard back from a lot of kids, and what we heard was sort of a few themes over and over again,” says education reporter Laura Meckler. On today’s show, Meckler explores the enormous behavioral, physical and emotional toll that online learning has had so far. She speaks with 2020 teacher of the year Tabatha Rosproy and child psychiatrist Matthew Biel about what parents can do to get them, and their children, through Zoom school. Alexis Diao produced this episode, and reporter Hannah Natanson contributed reporting. You can read some of those submissions and view artwork by children about distance learning here.Subscribe to The Washington Post: https://postreports.com/offer
Juggling careers and kids was already a struggle for millions of women in America. Then the pandemic hit. Ellen McCarthy reports on why working moms are leaving the labor force in droves – and what that could mean for the future of our country.Read more:When they met as students in Chicago, Vondetta Taylor and Jennifer Anderson were all aspiration. Taylor was training to be a chef. Anderson was working toward a career in broadcasting. And they both dreamed of starting their own families one day.Careers and kids didn’t seem like too much to hope for or too much to handle back then. Growing up in the 1980s and ’90s, Taylor and Anderson were part of a generation of young women raised with the expectation that they could have it all, and that they should have it all.But when the pandemic hit and their kids were sent home from school, their circumstances soured. And as Ellen McCarthy and Amy Joyce reported, the two friends became part of a legion of women who had no choice but to leave the labor force. “I had made a decision that I was no longer going to beat myself up about what type of interaction that I needed to have with my son, which would cause whatever type of performance for my job,” Taylor said. “I chose my son over my job.”Subscribe to The Washington Post: https://postreports.com/offer
Health reporter William Wan examines one of the unseen effects of the pandemic on people’s lives — the emotional and psychological toll of all that’s happened.Read more:Almost a year into a pandemic, we’re all aware of what the coronavirus can do to our bodies. More than 250,000 Americans have died. Millions of people around the world are sick.But there are other, non-physical effects, too — the emotional and psychological toll of isolation, constant fear and loss, especially on young adults. That’s what Ted Robbins wants you to understand:“What they told me was: ‘You as a parent don’t realize how bad it is for the youth today. You don’t realize how many of Christian’s friends have contemplated suicide. You don’t realize how depressed we are. You don’t realize how hard this is.’ ”Months after the loss of his son to suicide, Robbins spoke with health reporter William Wan and producer Rennie Svirnovskiy about the conversations we’re still not having about mental health — and about the changes we’ll need to make if we’re going to get through this pandemic.“I can’t bring Christian back,” Robbins said. “No matter how much I want to or I try, I can’t bring him back. But what I can do is try to save other children.”If you or someone you know needs help, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-TALK, or 800-273-8255. You can also text a crisis counselor by messaging the Crisis Text Line at 741741.Subscribe to The Washington Post: https://postreports.com/offer
Will anyone stop the president’s attempts to overturn the election? Revisiting the iconic album documenting John Lennon’s last years. And, where tourists go for fake coronavirus test results.Read more:With most legal options exhausted, President Trump is now using the power of his office to overturn the election by claiming baseless allegations of voter fraud. White House bureau chief Philip Rucker reports on the president’s attempt to stay in office.National arts reporter Geoff Edgers revisits John Lennon’s last album on the 40th anniversary of its release.Fake coronavirus test results are hitting the black market. Shannon McMahon discusses the tourists paying top dollar for them. Subscribe to The Washington Post: https://postreports.com/offer
The votes have been (mostly) counted, and though Joe Biden is clearly the president-elect, there are still more steps and potential obstacles for that to become official. Plus, why more men are dying of covid-19. Read more:This week in Wayne County in Michigan, a drama has been unfolding over a procedural step that happens in every election: the certification of the vote. Trevor Potter of the Campaign Legal Center explains the process for Joe Biden to officially become the president -- and what could still go wrong between now and Jan. 20.Ben Guarino is a reporter covering the practice and culture of science for The Post. He joins the show to talk about how more men are dying from the coronavirus compared with women — a global problem that’s now prevalent in the United States.Subscribe to The Washington Post: https://postreports.com/offer
How we voted, and why

How we voted, and why

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A look at how key groups voted in this election: from Latinos in Texas and the women who went for President Trump to the Black voters who pushed President-elect Joe Biden across the finish line. Read more:Democrats lost ground with swing Latino voters in key states such as Florida and Texas. In the Rio Grande Valley, national reporter Arelis Hernandez says, the surprising support for Trump underscores the need for Democrats to cultivate deeper relationships with a diverse Latino population.White women were expected to vote overwhelmingly for Biden. That did not happen. Gender reporter Samantha Schmidt explains how party, not gender, is a stronger force in presidential politics today. National reporter Vanessa Williams on how Black voters saved Joe Biden’s campaign, again. Read The Post’s exit poll analysis here. Subscribe to The Washington Post: https://postreports.com/offer
How Republicans are using election wins to justify their approach to the pandemic. The CDC’s latest on why you should wear a mask. And, the coronavirus response in Africa. Read more:GOP leaders flouted warnings from public health officials early on. National political reporter Griff Witte explains how Republicans are now pointing to election wins to justify their approach to the pandemic. Coronavirus cases are reaching record highs in the United States. “Every two seconds we get another case. Every minute we get another death,” says health reporter Lena Sun. Sun explains the latest science from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on masks, and why they work. African countries have been largely successful in their response to the pandemic. Global Opinions editor Karen Attiah shares why that shouldn’t be surprising. Subscribe to The Washington Post: postreports.com/offer
The lame-duck economy

The lame-duck economy

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With protections expiring and no stimulus deal in sight, Americans could be heading for even more economic pain. The national security costs of delaying the transition. And the promise of at-home coronavirus testing.Read more:Could we get another stimulus package during the lame-duck period? Jeff Stein reports on the political forces at work, and the potential costs of doing nothing. Experts are concerned that President Trump’s unwillingness to start a transition threatens the security of our country. Shane Harris explained the risks on The Post’s “Can He Do That?” podcast.Home tests could help in the fight against the coronavirus. So where are they? William Wan reports. Subscribe to The Washington Post: https://postreports.com/offer
The Midwest emerges as the latest hot spot for coronavirus, as daily cases across the U.S. breaks records. And the Democrats’ last hope to take control of the Senate comes down to Georgia.Read more:Coronavirus cases continue to surge in the U.S. Reporters Annie Gowen and William Wan take a look at where the cases are rising and why.Senior congressional correspondent and columnist Paul Kane joins the show to talk about the Democrats’ last hope to take the Senate in Georgia.Subscribe to The Washington Post: https://postreports.com/offer
Campaign strategists and the public were led to believe that Democrats were headed for a wave. Election results have told a different story, just as they did four years ago. And, the next steps for a promising coronavirus vaccine.Read more:Polls fell short again in 2020. Political reporter Michael Scherer discusses what that means for future elections.Carolyn Y. Johnson explains the next steps for Pfizer’s coronavirus vaccine, which the company finds is 90 percent effective in early data from its vaccine trial.Our colleague Lillian Cunningham’s podcast “Presidential” has a new episode, all about Joe Biden: Triumph, tragedy and the fate of the center.Subscribe to The Washington Post: https://postreports.com/offer
Is this a coup?

Is this a coup?

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The quiet pessimism lurking inside the White House. How Joe Biden plans to tackle an “existential threat to humanity” – climate change. And how to reclaim your sense of time during this … time. Read more:White House reporter Josh Dawsey on what’s going on behind the bold claims from the president and his allies that he will stay for four more years. President-elect Joe Biden stands poised to launch the boldest climate change plan of any president in American history. Climate reporter Juliet Eilperin combs through his plans and explains what could stand in his way.  Constantly wondering what day it is? This newsletter can help you remember — and recover.Subscribe to The Washington Post: https://postreports.com/offer
Breaking down conspiracy theories over election fraud. The Republicans who won, even when Trump didn’t. And, a new leader in the box office. Read more:Tech reporter Drew Harwell reports on the conspiracy theories taking hold among Trump supporters and being bolstered by Republican lawmakers. The battle for control of the Senate is still up in the air. But, as Fix reporter Amber Phillips explains, Republican politicians who embrace Trump won big this election. As the U.S. struggles to revive its economy during a pandemic, China takes the lead in movie box office sales. Foreign correspondent Eva Dou reports that it is the latest indication of China’s swift recovery. Subscribe to The Washington Post: https://postreports.com/offer
President-elect Joe Biden prepares a transition to the White House — and readies a team to combat a surging pandemic. And for future leaders, the hope and promise of Kamala Harris.Read more: Joe Biden is projected to be the next president of the United States. But, as politics writer Matt Viser reports, the president-elect faces some Trump-sized roadblocks in his transition to the White House.Days after winning the election, Biden put forth a plan to slow the coronavirus. Health policy reporter Yasmeen Abutaleb walks us through who is on the president-elect’s coronavirus task force and what we know about his strategy to tackle the pandemic.Senior critic-at-large Robin Givhan talks about Kamala Harris making history with quiet, exquisite power.Follow The Post’s live updates on the election here. Subscribe to The Washington Post: postreports.com/offer
As key states flip for Joe Biden, the former vice president renews calls for patience. Meanwhile inside the White House, President Trump is by turns angry and despondent. But no matter what happens next, it’s clear: Trumpism is here to stay. Read more:As Joe Biden overtakes President Trump in key states, national political reporter Matt Viser says the Democrat’s campaign is urging calm and patience as ballots continue to be counted. On Thursday night, President Trump delivered an angry, despondent speech in the face of a potential defeat. White House reporter Ashley Parker on what this week has been like for a president who hates to lose. Foreign affairs columnist Ishaan Tharoor on the legacy of Trumpism: “Trumpism exists beyond Trump,” he says, “because it wasn't always about Trump in the first place. He was a symptom of a whole series of conditions in American society and politics that led to this kind of nationalist movement.” Follow The Post’s live updates on the election here. Subscribe to The Washington Post: postreports.com/offer
Why the Trump campaign is mounting legal challenges in swing states. What the election reveals about the urban-rural divide. And why Wall Street likes the sound of gridlock in Washington. Read more:Trump is mounting several legal battles over votes in key states. National political reporter Amy Gardner lays out the lawsuits to watch and what they could mean for the outcome of the election.As battleground states continue to count ballots, one clear picture emerges: a divided America. White House reporter Bob Costa explains.Economics correspondent Heather Long breaks down what political gridlock could mean for Wall Street and your wallet. Follow the Post’s live updates on the election here. Subscribe to The Washington Post: https://postreports.com/offer
The race to 270

The race to 270

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Battleground states continue counting ballots in races that are too close to call. And how Democrats failed to capture Latino voters in Florida.Read more:The presidential election is still too close to call. Aaron Blake lays out the states to watch in this quickly moving race, and explains each candidate’s potential path to victory. President Trump took a decisive and early win in Florida on election night. National enterprise reporter Jose Del Real explains how Trump successfully mobilized the Latino vote in South Florida — a feat that shocked many Democrats. Follow the Post’s live updates on the election here. Subscribe to The Washington Post: https://postreports.com/offer
It’s not over yet

It’s not over yet

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As the nation waits to find out the results of the election, we hear what it's like to report the news in this moment of uncertainty — with dispatches from political reporters and the editor who’s charged with deciding what goes on the front page.Read more: Buckle up folks. It’s gonna be a minute. Early Wednesday morning, President Trump falsely declared himself to have already won the election — a move that is far from surprising, according to White House reporter Toluse Olorunnipa. There is not a “precedent in modern history for a president to declare victory in this way when so many votes are yet to be counted,” Olorunnipa says. “But this is what we've come to expect from the president.”Annie Linskey reports from the Biden camp, where the former vice president urged supporters to keep the faith. “We’re going to have to be patient until the hard work of tallying votes is finished,” Biden said. “And it ain’t over till every vote is counted.”Eugene Scott of The Fix anticipates what’s next as ballots continue to be counted: “It's hard to believe that if this race is as close as it's looking like it's going to be,” he says, “that this won't go to the courts.”Subscribe to The Washington Post: https://postreports.com/offer
From Kenosha, Wis., to Greenville, N.C., voters are anxiously heading to the polls on the last day of the 2020 general election. How voters have navigated the process of casting a ballot this year. And what to watch for on this election night. Read more:As voters continue to line up at polling places across the country, Washington Post reporters are asking what’s keeping them in their lines and what’s giving them hope looking forward. “2020 is obviously one of the most hard-fought campaigns in recent American history,” says senior editor Marc Fisher. “What we’ve learned is that states have wildly different ideas about how to run elections. And the result of it is that there is no one hard and fast way to vote anymore.” And as the day turns into night, Fix reporter Amber Phillips explains what to watch out for on election night. Follow The Post’s live results here. Subscribe to The Washington Post: https://postreports.com/offer
The year of the voter

The year of the voter

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How a chaotic year resulted in sky-high voter turnout. And, how Democrats are trying to win back rural votes in the Midwest. Read more:The year of the vote: How Americans surmounted a pandemic and dizzying rule changes so their voices would be heard.Can Biden compete in Trump’s rural strongholds? Democrats hope so.Subscribe to The Washington Post: https://postreports.com/offer
Maura Judkis explains 2020’s peculiar Halloween phenomenon: the mad dash for Home Depot’s decorative 12-foot-tall plastic skeletons. Subscribe to The Washington Post: https://postreports.com/offer
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Elephant Wig

Not saying it is okay for Jewish people to be persecuted, but xenophobia refers to "dislike of or prejudice against people from other countries." Religion is a choice, but where you are from is not. Once again, not saying it's acceptable, but not the same as xenophobia.

Nov 20th
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AB Bonnett

Does the reaction to the relative success of African countries reflect a general bias against Africa by euro pean countries and America? Contrast this reaction to the relative success of Asian countries and the lack of a similar reaction. Is the difference solely based on GDP?

Nov 18th
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ML Walton

She hit the nail on the head for me when talking about trust in each other. For those of us who do believe in the science and facts and are trying diligently to stay home as much as we can, etc., it's frustrating feeling like we're the only one not doing things. 💔 It does feel a bit like 'what's like point?' in our efforts, too. It's an isolating feeling declining invites by people who aren't of that same mindset, but my husband told me there are lots of people doing what we're doing, you just don't realize it because they're not the ones inviting you do to stuff!

Nov 14th
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ncooty

It's striking that we must always talk about Trump as we'd talk about an especially petulant toddler.

Nov 8th
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Carol Reed

Amy Coney Barrett is not merely Catholic. She is part of a secretive, draconian, uber-right sub-group of fundamentalists who believe in a male-dominated society. How can she exercise independent judgment? Why will no one ask out loud -- what is People of Praise and how does that group color your decisions?

Sep 29th
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Ciara G

I've noticed a steady dumbing down in the explanation of topics on this podcast. Give the listeners credit that we can understand things without the hosts saying "like right, totally!" and "it's not a good look!" etc. Feel like I've been listening to two teenagers.

Sep 2nd
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Philly Burbs

this is so stupid..."choose to fight in a different room" good luck with that.

Jul 13th
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Philly Burbs

let's face facts Biden should not be our candidate, he can't finish a sentence without a gaff. If Trump dealt with the Virus-like our allies, Biden would be losing big. never in my lifetime was the VP pick more important for both candidates. they are both old, knocking on heavens door. gone is the Biden of the Obama era. Like the Muller debacle, baby boomers keep picking each other with no regard to age because they don't see themselves as old. that's why we have no strong young leaders boomers refuse to retire despite their frailties. we are heading for a depression. We need a VP with experience that is ready if Biden can't get over the threshold demanding a BLACK WOMEN PISSES ME OFF. Biden should not be our candidate. Clayburn changed things for him because the American people were smart enough to see the truth & he lost every primary race until then. Perez rigged the primary & now we are stuck with another old man who thinks in the past & has no real plans for the future except he's better than Trump. an awful choice. VP must have experience & be qualified I don't care what sex or color they are! i am a women, a boomer, & im putting my country first, these black women need to do that too! the demand for Biden to pick a black woman under the circumstances we are in is outrageous. imagine a demand for a white woman? everyone would be freaking out. I demand Biden pick a white woman! sounds as insane as blacks demanding biden pick a black women.

Jul 10th
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Diane Grillo

what a heartbreaking story! why is it that the truth about this man and how the pardon came about wasn't as public as the pardon? I watch ALOT of cable shows yet I don't remember any interviews with anyone who was there for those few days. This should become available on all the MSNBC, CNN, YOUNG TURKS ETC as a special episode so everyone in or retired from military knows the truth. He took me to that day and I felt the nervousness and now I feel anger that this ridiculous orange idiot can cause so many to suffer that he claims to have an affinity for! Well if anyone can put that interview into the Headlines it you guys. people need to hear that. Especially those in the military

Jul 4th
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Mike

jaw dropping!

Jul 3rd
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Grant TH

Stop taking money from Facebook. Yuck.

Jun 24th
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Adil Sharif

:( :(

Jun 19th
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Elephant Wig

25:00

May 15th
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ncooty

It must be difficult to fill a daily podcast with people who don't know anything, or at least nothing new.

Apr 30th
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ncooty

The economic reporter's manner of speaking sounds to me as if she's sharing high-school gossip.

Apr 28th
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Charlie Pyron

le I'm stoked no ok mom lzllllll l know if the check xlpdoooollo babe can come. v can clear oro o even

Apr 26th
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ncooty

Young people always think they're a political force. They never are. ("Rock the vote.") It's just an inflated sense of self-importance and a belief that if something is new to them, it's new to the universe.

Apr 26th
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ncooty

Did this guy think he was narrating a movie trailer?

Apr 26th
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ncooty

The primary medium of podcasts: vocal fry (typically with up-talk).

Apr 24th
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ncooty

Why can't female presenters on podcasts just speak normally? Why do so many of them growl or have up-talk and vocal fry?

Apr 23rd
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